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Nigeria poll says 87% Nigerians oppose gay rights, but activists say it’s progress

Nigeria poll says 87% Nigerians oppose gay rights, but activists say it’s progress

A recent poll in Nigeria has found that 87% of respondents opposed lifting the ban on same-sex relations in the country.

The poll – commissioned by gay rights activists and involving around 1000 participants – was commissioned by gay rights organisation the Bisi Alimi Foundation.

Despite the overwhelmingly negative result, the Foundation is optimistic about the probablity of change. The last survey which was conducted five years ago found 96% opposed.

A sixth of people taking the poll said they knew someone who was openly homosexual, but this figure doubled for younger people (16-24).

30% said gay people should have access to basic public services like education and healthcare.

Nigeria is still a conservative country where religion plays a big part in national affairs.

The current law bans homosexual sex, on penalty of up to 14 years in prison.

A correspondant from Nigeria told the BBC attitudes in the country were changing – but Nigeria is still a dangerous place to be gay.